TEACHING MATHEMATICS A
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and ability to understand: through the lectures held during the course, the student will acquire the methods and knowledge necessary to analyze teaching proposals, curricula and materials for the mathematics of secondary school first and second degree, and identify the design criteria and strengths and weaknesses. He will learn the main concepts, some methods and empirical results of didactic research in mathematics. He will learn the structure of the national indications, of the INVALSI and OECD-PISA frameworks, of the cultural axes. In particular, the student will have to apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of research articles, textbooks, curricula, and standardized evaluation tests.
Autonomy of judgment
The student must be able to evaluate and critically choose a teaching strategy and evaluate the potential impact of planning decisions and implementation of the teaching action on different types of students.
Through the lectures and the comparison with the teacher, the student acquires the specific vocabulary inherent in the teaching of mathematics as a scientific discipline. It is expected that, at the end of the course, the student is able to transmit, in oral and written form, the main contents of the course, the key ideas for interpreting classroom situations, learning problems and possible solutions. . The student must communicate his / her knowledge with a good balance between precision in the language and exhibition of concrete examples among those analyzed, as well as showing that he has gained his own point of view.
The student who has attended the course will be able to deepen their knowledge in mathematics education through the independent consultation of specialized texts, scientific or popular journals, even outside the topics dealt with strictly in class, in order to deal effectively inclusion in the school world.
Course contents summary
The course aims to provide students with the general criteria for the design and implementation of mathematics teaching units for secondary school, as well as for formative and summative assessment tests, tools for the analysis of difficulties and teaching strategies oriented towards inclusion in mathematics and contrast of scholastic dispersion. Such criteria are chosen relying on the results of national and international research in mathematics education, but with a strong connection with current ministerial indications and international reference frameworks. Therefore, the contents proposed during the course of the lessons concern, on the one hand, key concepts and basic theories elaborated in mathematics education research and their declinations and practical applications in terms of didactic planning and evaluation tools and research, on the other institutional normative references. The course is mainly theoretical, but considering the results of the research about teacher training, the teacher students are continuously asked to participate actively and give their personal contribution, in order to guarantee a factual appropriation and a real impact on their beliefs and their interpretative knowledge.
CAP1: RESEARCH IN THE DIDACTICS OF MATHEMATICS
Disciplinary teaching and general teaching: perspectives on research in the educational field. Current research topics in Mathematics Education at the international level, with particular attention to first and second level secondary schools: The role of epistemology and history in mathematics education research. Classical themes of disciplinary research and learning difficulties. Knowledge, competence, reference frameworks for the development of key competences for the citizen (examples from national and international development and competence assessment programs). General research, with particular attention to research conducted in the national field, for a scientific approach to research in mathematics education: theory of situations, didactic contract, didactic transposition (Brousseau, Sarrazy, D'Amore, Chevallard), obstacles, errors , misconceptions (Brousseau), theory of figural concepts and intuition in mathematics (Fischbein), concept image and concept definition (Tall and Vinner), semiotics and didactics of mathematics (Duval, Mariotti and Bartolini Bussi, D'Amore, Godino and Font), argumentation and demonstration (Boero and Morselli), problem solving (Brousseau, Schoenfeld, D'Amore), the role of language in the learning of mathematics, formative and summative assessment (Bolondi), methodologies for the teaching of mathematics ( laboratory, mathematical discussion, group work, technologies and software), affects and convictions (Zan, Di Martino), interdisciplinarity between mathematics and physics.
CHAP 2: FROM RESEARCH TO TEACHING-LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM
Examples of teaching units on different themes and for different scholastic orders and evaluation tests.
The slides projected during the course in PDF format and all the material used during lessons and laboratory hours are made available to students and shared on the Elly platform. In addition to the shared material, the student can personally deepen some topics addressed during the course by referring to the following texts:
D’Amore, B. (1999). Elementi di Didattica della matematica. Bologna: Pitagora
Baccaglini-Frank, A., Di Martino, P., Natalini, R., Rosolini, G. (2017). Didattica della matematica. Mondadori.
Further teaching materials in English will be provided to students who will require them.
The course has a weight of 6 CFU, which corresponds to 48 hours of lessons. The teaching activities will be conducted by giving lectures in the classroom in blended teaching mode (some students in the classroom and some connected in streaming), although there may be some lessons in remote synchronous teaching mode and part of the work will be carried out in laboratory mode, using the technologies available for sharing documents, the creation of virtual classrooms and collaborative writing. During the lectures the topics of the course are dealt with from a theoretical point of view and with detailed examples. In addition to the teaching methods presented so far, in-depth seminars are organized on the topics of the course. The slides and documents used to support the lessons will be uploaded at the beginning of the course on the Elly platform; To download the slides it is necessary to register for the online course. All shared material is considered an integral part of the teaching material. Non-attending students are reminded to check the available teaching materials and the indications provided by the teacher through the Elly platform, the only communication tool used for direct teacher / student contact. On this platform, on a weekly basis, the topics discussed in class are indicated, which will then form the contents index in preparation for the final exam.
Assessment methods and criteria
The assessment of learning consists in an oral test based on questions related to the course content, times to evaluate understanding and development of skills indicated in the objectives section. The test consists of four questions that can focus on research results and teaching theories, institutional references, transversal didactic topics addressed during the course. The vote is calculated by assigning to each question an evaluation from 0 to 30 and making the arithmetic average of the individual evaluations, with final rounding up; the test is passed if it reaches a score of at least 18 points. The praise is assigned in the case of reaching the maximum score on each item to which is added the mastery of the disciplinary lexicon.